ELKO — A woman trapped in her car was killed in a vehicle fire Wednesday east of Elko.
Sheriff’s Lt. Marvin Morton was driving home from Wells when he heard about a vehicle fire in Osino. He was the first responder on scene.
The car was on fire just to the side of the dirt road near Interstate 80 past the Osino exit and the driver could not get out. Morton said witnesses thought she’d tried to take off her seatbelt but was unable to.
Numerous agencies came to the scene, including the Ryndon Volunteer Fire Department, Nevada Division of Forestry and Elko County Sheriff’s Office.
Detective Sgt. Nick Czegledi said he thinks sagebrush got caught in the catalytic converter, which is a part of the muffler that gets very heated. He described the car as an older Plymouth.
Czegledi didn’t see any signs of criminal activity at the scene. He said the fire appeared to be accidental.
Czegledi said the victim was a white female and investigators are trying to identify her. The fire burned a small area around the car, but Czegledi reported no damage to property or other injuries at the scene.